Originally Posted by Darkhalf
Long time member, kind of first time posting on this site.
I have a P50B860 that I got around March of this year, I have the latest firmware 1018.
My uncle showed me his 55" Samsung LCD TV that he recently purchased at Wal-Mart. When he played Pearl Harbor Blue Ray on his TV, I couldn't believe how good of a picture quality it was. The people and images were just amazing on how real it actually looked and I'm talking about the pans from one person to the next it was so smooth it was real. When he switched it to regular SD Direct TV channels it almost looked the same with some delays and freezing here and there on some pictures. I have the 860 TV above with a Samsung 6500 BR Player and playing Avatar and such, granted the color of the picture is amazing but it just doesn't have that picture of the refresh rate of looking real life.
Is it truly the differences in the TV? Or is there a setting that I'm not catching on mine? I have HDMI, 24fs, 1080p set with cinema smooth on.
Any help or what is it I'm missing to get that kind of real life popping out picture?
There could be a few things going on here.
1st I'm pretty sure his tv is stuck in dynamic mode which "enhances" contrast & brightness.
2nd As mentioned with the lcd's & led's there might be an option for the 240hz enabler that gives it a "fluid" transition when panning.
3rd You may just pefer the look of the lcd. They tend to have more pop & vivid looking scenes compared to a plasma. We have been conditoned to precieve this as what tv is supposed to look like, but it's not natural, it's almost "cartoonish".
Now foccusing on the Samsung 860. It has to be calibrated.
I bet you could reproduce your uncles tv picture by setting the picture to dynamic & and enabling cinema smooth. It would look similar to his, but
that would be unrealistic. This Samsung is probablly in the top 10 in consumer plasmas, but it does have some downfalls. 1st the black level is not as great as some of the competitors. 2nd, it's gamma response is not very linear, but verry acceptable. The upside to this tv as you mentioned is that it has the best color on the market(out of the box). Now if you don't plan on calibrating your tv, then the best advice I can give you is make sure you set it to
o Picture Mode : Movie
o Cell Light : 9
o Contrast : 88-94
o Brightness : 49
o Sharpness : 0
o Color : 50
o Tint : G50/R50
• Advanced Settings
o Black Tone : Off
o Dynamic Contrast : Off
o Gamma : 0
o Color Space : Auto
o White Balance : Factory Default
o Fleshtone : 0
o Edge Enhancement : Off
o xvYCC : Off (Greyed Out)
• Picture Options
o Color Tone : Warm 2
o Size : 16:9
o Digital NR : Off
o HDMI Black Level : Low
o 1080 Full HD Motion Demo: Off
o Film Mode : Auto 1 (Cinema Smooth for 1080P/24)
o Blue Only Mode : Off
There is a thread started on the forums with some calibration settings that others have spent the time to calibrate their tv's(including myself). As you will see no one agrees on settings, but I can gurantee you my set looks pretty close to natural as I've seen on any tv. My Dish network looks ok, not my tv's fault(dish compresses the signal). Blu-ray looks absolutely amazing though. There has been a reorted issue with cinema smooth on this tv. It brightens the picture when engaged. My suggestion would be to lower the contrast a noth or two & then lower the brightness to 48 to compensate for this bug or do like most and just leave it off, because this tv is pretty smooth with it disengaged. I've put in over 100hrs reading & researching on how to calibrate tv's & I've also spent about $500 on equipment & software to do it. Here is a link to the thread:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1158006